For the record, Prime Time pins were flying

Hamilton and Canadian tenpin records have been set at Prime Time Bowling in Burlington. With two Hamilton records and one Canadian mark were Ryan Setton, Matthew Lewis and William Russell. Their three-man team, three game total of 2,205 surpassed a 2,153 score in which Lewis’s father, Lionel, blasted an 836 triple. Setton rolled 716 (204, 254, 258), Lewis 727 (269, 267, 191) and Russell 762 (280, 259, 223) for the record. In game four of the night, Setton dealt a 267 and Lewis and Russell hit 258 each for a Hamilton and Canadian record of 2,988 for a three-man team’s four game set. That eclipsed a 2,939 by Russell, 1,025, Jeff Lofft, 960 and Art Oliver Jr., 954 at Prime Time in early 2007.

Three national records were set by Sioban Ryans, Ron Gilmour and Troy Demers.

With a near perfect 297 by Ryans leading the way, along with Gilmour’s 255 and Demers’ 254, they fired a one-woman, two-man team game of 806, breaking the Canadian record of 702 set in Winnipeg last January. The 2,127 total by Ryans’ 768 (246, 297, 225), Gilmour’s 657 (211, 255, 191), and Demers’ 702 (233, 254, 215) bettered a 2,061, also in Winnipeg. In game four, Ryans tripped a 257, Gilmour a 268 and Demers a 190 for a one-woman, two-men, four-game total of 2842, again pushing a Winnipeg score of 2,754 to second place. As all three scores by this terrific trio are Canadian records, they are also Hamilton records.

Just to finish off the record breaking night, the 1,025 (246, 297, 225, 257) by Ryans is a new Hamilton record for women, breaking Wendy Zielonka’s 1,017 score. In the 297 game, Ryans left up the 3, 6 and 10 pins. Two months ago she fired a 290 at Prime Time. With a 300 by Catherine Willis at Burlington Bowl last November, Hamilton women have recorded 11 perfect games. Ryans has the first 297 by a woman. Four women have near perfect 299s – Loretta Wallace, Michelle Picott, Jean Matychuk and Willis, while Val Chastney has a 298.

The fifth 800 triple of the season has been recorded by Richard Parker in the Second Annual Molson Tournament at Prime Time as he threw games of 279, 278 and 258 for an 815. The other four 800s have also been tallied at Prime Time by Jeff Lofft (816), Art Oliver Jr., (812), Lionel Lewis Jr., (806) and Vic Riding (804). With these latest five 800 triples, 49 have now been fired in the Hamilton Association since Danny Downs notched the first, an 824 in 1980.

In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, Harvey Bray is credited with the first perfect game in our history with a 300 at Hamilton Centre Bowl in 1963, but two years before that John Toohey almost had the first 300 as he started with nine strikes for a 277 at Skyway Lanes. According to a 1932 newspaper story, Russ Taylor’s wife, bowling at the long gone Albertonian Alleys, “Went down the alley and left her ball behind.”